September 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (September 23, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (September 23, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

September 23, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. Army chief opens centre for air defence management

• Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on September 22, 2021 inaugurated the Centre of Integrated Air Defence Battle Management.
• `There is a need for greater cooperation, integration and synchronisation to tackle complex and fluid future battlefield challenges,` Gen Bajwa said on the occasion.
• Commander of Army Air Defence Command Lt Gen Hamood Uz Zaman Khan briefed those attending the ceremony on functioning of the newly-built air defence management system

2. Tarin unveils steps to curb imports ahead of IMF talks

• Conceding concerns over heating up of Pakistan economy, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin on September 22, 2021 announced steps regulatory duties and cash margins to curb imports ahead of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the proposed increase in electricity rates to revive the $6 billion Extended Fund Facility (EFF) suspended since last fiscal year.
• Speaking at a hurriedly called news conference along with prime minister`s special assistant Jamshed Iqbal Cheema and Minister of State for Information Furrukh Habib, the finance minister said the government would immediately reduce the prices of vegetable ghee, sugar and wheat across the country by reducing taxes and providing cash subsidies to 40-42 per cent population at the bottom

3. Ministers expose Indian plot to wreck cricket series

• Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on September 22, 2021 said the frightening alert sent to the Black Caps had generated from a device in India, indicating the conspiracy to sabotage the New Zealand cricket team tour to Pakistan.
• The minister, who came up with facts and figures in detail to expose the Indian conspiracy against the planned ODI series in Pakistan, also disclosed that a similar threat from a concocted email ID was sent to the West Indies cricket board, as its team was scheduled to arrive here in December.

4. 10,800 Afghans approach UNHCR

• The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said that 10,800 Afghans, potentially in need of international protection, have approached the UN refugee agency in Pakistan since the start of 2021.
• The Afghanistan situation report issued by the UNHCR regional bureau for Asia and Pacific says the majority of Afghan new arrivals approaching the UNHCR in Pakistan and Iran are largely undocumented and a large majority of them interviewed by the UN agency have left Afghanistan for security related reasons.
• The UNHCR border monitors continue to observe the attempted movement of Afghans each day towards the Pakistani border posts, some of whom are currently not able to cross due to lack of valid documentation, the report says

5. WHO team meets Taliban in Kabul, says health system faces collapse

• Not only the adolescents in the age group of 15 to 17 years have responded poorly to the recent government initiative to vaccinate them against Covid-19 but a large number of adults also seem reluctant to get their second jab as health experts find behavioural issues rather than government slackness behind their slow response.
• Less than 25 million people, including overseas Pakistanis who got shots from abroad before getting registered here, have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus so far, whereas more than 55 million have received only first dose of the vaccine, according to the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), which has fixed Sundays for only them to complete their vaccination

6. Attackers strike Taliban in eastern Afghanistan, five killed

• Attackers struck Taliban vehicles in an eastern Afghanistan on September 22, 2021, witnesses said, killing at least two fighters and three civilians in the latest violence since the group`s takeover of the country in mid August.
• In one attack, gunmen opened fire on a Taliban vehicle at a local gas station in the provincial capital of Jalalabad, killing two fighters and a gas station attendant, witnesses said.
• A child was also killed, they added.
• Another child was killed and two Taliban were wounded in a separate attack a bombing of another vehicle

7. UN frees funds to prevent Afghan health system collapse

• The UN released emergency funds on September 22, 2021 to help prevent Afghanistan`s battered healthcare system from collapsing, with the WHO chief warning of an imminent catastrophe.
• UN aid chief Martin Griffiths said he had released$45million, warning in a statement that `medicines, medical supplies and fuel are running out in Afghanistan`.
• `Cold chains are compromised. Essential healthcare workers are not being paid,` he said

8. Air pollution kills 7m a year, says WHO

• The World Health Organisation strengthened its air quality guidelines on September 22, 2021, saying air pollution was now one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, causing seven million premature deaths a year.
• Urgent action is needed to reduce exposure to air pollution, said the UN body, ranking its burden of disease on a par with smoking and unhealthy eating.
• `WHO has adjusted almost all the air quality guideline levels downwards, warning that exceeding the new… levels is associated with significant risks to health,` it said

9. Afghanistan want to host Pakistan for cricket series

• Newly-appointed Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chairman Azizullah Fazli said on September 22, 2021 he would visit neighbouring Pakistan later this week to invite the side for a one-day series.
• The war-torn nation has steadily risen in international cricket over the past few years, with stars such as the world`s top spinner Rashid Khan, but there have been calls for a boycott of the men`s team after the Taliban`s takeover last month

10. National T20 Cup begins from today

• Former winners Northern will do battle with Balochistan in the opening fixture of the National T20 Cup which starts from September 23, 2021 at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi.
• Day one of the 18-match first leg in Rawalpindi will also see the Babar Azam-led Central Punjab taking on defending champions Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who will be skippered by Mohammad Rizwan. Other four teams have Shadab Khan (Northern), Sarfaraz Ahmed (Sindh),Sohaib Maqsood (Southern Punjab) and Imam-ul-Haq (Balochistan) as their captains.

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